July 10, 2019

FDA on MAT as a Treatment

What is MAT as a Treatment? According to an article in the New York Times, the Food and Drug Administration plans to begin permitting pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that help temper cravings, even if they don’t fully stop addiction. The health and human services secretary, Alex M. Azar II, said the agency intended “to […]

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June 22, 2019

Rise in Opioid Crisis and MAT

What Do We Know About the Opioid Crisis and MAT? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 130 people in the United States die after overdosing on opioids. The misuse of, and addiction to, opioids—including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl—is a serious national crisis that affects public […]

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June 10, 2019

What is MAT?

Understanding MAT: Medication Assisted Treatment According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Medication Assisted Treatment (also known as MAT) is the use of medications with counseling and behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders and prevent opioid overdose. While MAT is primarily used for the treatment of addiction to opioids, it […]

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May 8, 2019

Why Do I Need to Detox From Alcohol?

Detox from Alcohol You have been in this place before. You’re wondering why you can’t “just cut back” on your drinking. You’ve made the decision a hundred times to stop drinking. You may have denied for a long time that you even have a problem, but you know deep down that you cannot control your […]

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May 7, 2019

How Can Clonidine Manage Withdrawal Symptoms?

What is Clonidine? According to Medline, Clonidine was originally intended to treat high blood pressure or symptoms associated with ADHD. Clonidine treats high blood pressure by decreasing the heart rate and relaxing the blood vessels so that blood can flow more easily through the body. Clonidine extended-release tablets may treat ADHD by affecting the part […]

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April 26, 2019

Heroin Withdrawal Symptoms and Timeline

Heroin Withdrawal Aside from making the decision to finally get help, one of the biggest obstacles of heroin addiction is detoxing. Chances are, you have experienced being “dope sick” when you haven’t had heroin for a certain period of time. That is actually the beginning of the symptoms of heroin withdrawal, and it can be […]

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April 24, 2019

How to Get Clean From Opioids

Get Clean from Opioids You’ve tried to control, slow down or stop your use of opioids. But, you can’t. It might even feel like it is impossible to stop taking your opioids, and that is because it is. One of the hallmarks of addiction is not being able to control your use and, chances are, […]

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April 17, 2019

Is Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey a Good Idea?

Can I Quit Heroin Cold Turkey? One of the many hallmarks of drug or alcohol addiction is the inability to stop or slow down use. Chances are, you have tried before to control your heroin use, only to later be met with a binge session. It can be very disheartening when you try to control […]

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